UNI defeats Softball in series finale

    Freshman infielder Taylor Orsburn went 2-for-3 with a walk on the afternoon.

    Freshman infielder Taylor Orsburn went 2-for-3 with a walk on the afternoon.
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    April 3, 2011

    Box Score

    By Megan Kramper
    SIUSalukis.com

    CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - The SIU softball team couldn't get it done in Sunday's series finale, as it dropped a 9-5 decision to Northern Iowa.

    The Panther's bats were hot early, as they amassed 12 hits including a Eranne Daugharthy home run in the second to get their offense rolling, as they held a lead for the entire game.

    "I thought the UNI hitters did a good job adjusting and I thought that as hitters we did a better job today but it was just a little too late," Head coach Kerri Blaylock said. "We need to make adjustments faster and put more pressure on people because I feel we are capable of doing that."

    The Salukis (19-12, 4-2 MVC) tried to get back in the game in the final two innings as they added five hits late in the game, including Mallory Duran double and a Natalee Weissinger fielder's choice RBI in the sixth and a Jayna Spivey home run in the seventh helped cut the lead to 9-5.

    But the Salukis would get no more as the Panthers (20-14, 6-3 MVC) would bring in Jessica Severinsen for her second save of the year.

    "I think that anytime you go on the road in conference play and especially with UNI being a good team but we shot ourselves in the foot with three unearned runs and in the last inning we could have had a shot with the bases loaded," Blaylock said. "That's where I thought we let it get away with too many mistakes on defense."

    Spivey led the production at the plate with a 3-for-4 performance and two RBIs while Taylor Orsburn and Morgan Barchan added two hits each for the Salukis.

     

     

    Haley Gorman added a single and Duran's double rounded out the Salukis offensive production, who totaled ten hits on the day.

    Danielle Glosson (11-8) was credited with the loss in her two innings of work.

    The Salukis will look to regroup as they face Eastern Illinois on Wednesday in Charleston, Ill. Beginning at 4 p.m.

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